Friday, 24 April 2015

LIFESTLYE: Skyr, South Beach, L&G, Echo Falls, Mr Foggs and Next Events

I haven't done a blog post like this for ages but I have been to some fun events recently and I wanted to share them all with you!

Breakfast with Skyr  
I got up super early for breakfast at the Ham Yard Hotel. We were there for the launch of Skyr, a new, naturally fat free, reduced sugar and high protein yoghurt. We started with a group chat with the nutritionist who gave us some great ideas for interesting ways to eat yogurt from smoothies and pancakes for breakfast to incorporating it into dinner with curries or fajitas.

Then we sat down for breakfast. If you know me you will know that a hotel breakfast is one of my favourite things - there was orange juice and sliced exotic fruit. There was smoked salmon and savoury croissants stuffed with spinach and bree which were amazing. And obviously there were cute little pots of yogurt layered with honey or fruit comport and topped with muesli and walnuts. It was creamy and had a lovely flavour. I finished off the whole pot without an issue! 

It was a super hot day in London and I was invited along to an event at Joes Bloggers HQ at Kings Cross. The offices were amazing and we spent the night in their amazing breakout room with the big window doors open looking out over the little square below.
The night was spent playing Monopoly which I think must have been a nod to the investment thing since the night was  hosted by Legal & General, to promote their investment products! Of course there was lots of pizza and prosecco too! I had no idea how to play monopoly when I was younger and I still have no idea now but it was a lot of fun - much down to the crazy table I was sat on - we were definitly the loudest!

#ShoeBoxJukeBox with Next
I think this was my first Friday evening event and to be honest, I was a little skeptical about giving up my Friday night for an event but I am so glad I did because it was one of the best events I have been to in ages! Next let me pick a pair of shoes to wear to the event (outfit post to come soon!) and I came straight from work, getting there early as per usual. I went straight over to the shoe customization table and got stuck in before the crowd arrived. There were pretty shoes everywhere and the food and drinks were flowing through the night! As well as that, there were manicutists, games and random outbursts of dancers dancing every now and then. A great night with my blog friends and a great company - Thanks Next!! Afterwards I was off down the road to meet Andrew and Stefan to continue the night in Shoreditch - I was super excited and switched into my new Georgina trainers to dance the rest of the night away!

Afternoon Tea At Mr Foggs
Andrew and I were invited along to have Afternoon Tea at Mr Foggs. It's a quirky concept bar modelled on the Mayfair house in which Phileas Fogg would have lived after travelling Around the World in 80 Days. We followed a little side road winding off into the distance somewhere behind new bond street and arrived outside a strange little building in the middle of nowhere.

Let me start by saying, the food was not to up to big London hotel standards but a visit to Mr Foggs is all about the experience and that was amazing! We started off with a little champagne cocktail in a tiny tea cup. Since there was a big group of us, it meant that we could have a taste of almost all of the cocktails and watched in amazement as all different sized tea pots came out and were placed on the table in front of us. They all had strange little things sticking out of their lids, dried apple slices, cherries, sweets ect. It was a super fun afternoon!

Echo Falls
I popped along to The OXO tower with Sherin last week for the launch of Echo Falls new fruity wines. We spend the evening sipping of the cocktails which were surprisingly tasty - I wasnt too sure what to expect from a wine cocktail but they were delicious. The white wine was definitely my favourite with tones to white peach and mango. The view of London from the balcony was amazing and the sunset on the way home was just as pretty! I left with a bottle of wine and a cocktail mixer so hopefully I can have a go at making a cocktail or two myself!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

BEAUTY: Harajuku Lovers Love Eau de Parfum

I remember when the first ever set of these these perfumes came out when I was around 15, my best friend had one and I used to love going to her house and spraying it all over me haha. They were the cool new perfumes from Gwen Stefani and there were 5 cute little dolls to collect. They were pretty cool back then but their new updated look is super sleek and much edgier. As much as I love the bottle, I also love the box it comes in, I am a big fan of the drip design and use to have it on my nails all the time! One thing that I though was cool was on the inside flap of the lid, it says "A fatal Attraction To Cuteness" which I loved - it gave that super cute but a little bit sinister feel to it.

The one I have here is called Love but as I said, there are five in the collection and they are each a different metallic colour. Online, I loved the colour of the green one although the scents mentioned in this one sounded more my type - "A mouthwatering fruity floral, featuring juicy apple, dewy pear, surrounded by jasmine, cashmere woods and creamy musks." I'm pretty pleased that I went with this one because I absolutely love the smell. Its super fruity as it said but it's very sweet and so fun too! I've been wearing it everyday.
Harajuku Lovers Love
Harajuku Lovers Love

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

LIFESTYLE: Tips For Blogger Events

I remember my first day of blogger events - It was half term and I had been invited to three different things so I thought why not make a day of it. I started at Hush Brasserie in Mayfair for a breakfast with Lands End which was super exciting - I've come to love a good breakfast event. Next I was off to meet with some random lady from the internet who was asking for models on twitter (some of you might know her - Helen from Helens Wardrobe ). I'd never been to that end of London so I brought Andrew along. I left with some amazing photos for us both to use (check my side bar photo) and a new friend so that worked out well. We have done lots of fun, scary and exciting shoots with her since! After that I was off to shoreditch for my first beauty event with Benefit for the launch of their Fake Up.

Not bad for my first few events. I learnt alot about what sort of things you should be expecting and prepared for from a blogger event. 

I like to do this both on the brand and the guests. Usually there is a # so I love looking through that before to see who is going along and what everyone else is saying about the event. Try to reply to some of the tweets, you might make a new friend before you even meet them! I also like to see what else the brand is up to - what other products they do or anything fun they have been working on. Lastly but still very important, do some research about the location of the event - work out how you are going to get there and back safely.

2. GO
I know alot of bloggers back out of events because they are worried about one thing or another but seriously, even if you are a little bit worried make yourself go - you will not regret it. If you are worried about going alone, maybe ask for a plus one, or as I said before, make some friends online with other people who will be there. Nowadays, I actually prefer to go alone - that way I have to push myself to talk to new people whether they are bloggers or the organisers.

This has only become relevant to me recently but I find scribbling down notes on the night makes the blog post so much easier to write. Even if its little notes like product names or silly thoughts that might be useful like "Gold cutlery - super pretty." Its also a great place to note downs peoples blogs or twitter handles.

Business cards are really important, at first I didnt think they are, but they are. When I was new to blogging and I didnt want to buy them (so I made some) but when I won the opportunity to create some for free, I was so pleased with the result that I wish I just went ahead and bought them in the first place. You look and feel alot more professional pulling out a proper custom business card. 
As I mentioned notebooks before, I am also on the hunt some somewhere to print me a cute little Georgina Does notebook that I can keep in my bag. While I'm on the topic of branded products,
I also want branded pens for my desk and a Georgina Does USB such as these for keeping my photos on . I want a Georgina Does everything for my office (including macaroons)!

Join in with the interactive parts of the event, sometimes it might be "tweet us your favourite products on show for the change to win" or something like that! I love to send a tweet or two from the event to keep my followers updated with what I am doing, when I am doing it - use the # and include the brands @. Most of the time, they retweet things while your still there.
As much as I think number 5 is important, it is more important not to spend the whole night staring at your phone and try to get involved with everything the event has to offer. Of course, everyone will be on their phones throughout the night but try to cut it down as much as you can - you'll be much more approachable and able to give the conversation your full attention - smile, be friendly and ask questions, you never know who you might be talking to - you can check your Facebook notifications when you get home!
Those are just a few but if you enjoyed it, I'd love to write up some more! Let me know what you think?

Monday, 20 April 2015

LIFESTYLE: Let Your Shoes Do The Talking With Jacamo

Andrew and I go out on date nights quite alot so whenever his parents go on holiday or for a weekend away, we like to have an at home date night which usually involve bringing his double duvet down to the sofa, buying yummy food and watching TV as loud as I want to all night haha.

Jacamo recently got in touch with their new campaign which is dedicated to helping the men of Britain get off on the right foot, in both the shoe and the dating department. To go along with this, they sent me a box of goodies and told me to leave it to Andrew.

The box was full of all the sorts of things you want for a perfect night in - bubble bath, candles, chocolates, a film and two little bottles of prosecco.

We are pretty well known for eating out and having no idea how to cook so we decided to cook dinner together. We made fajitas on my mums suggestion and they are pretty good! I also made brownies earlier in the day which came out fantastically - Andrew ate 5 of them as the night progressed.

After dinner we settled in front of the TV with a glass of prosecco, some strawberries and the film - Friends With Benefits, which strangely was a chick flick that we hadnt seen. It stared Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis so we were both pleased to watch it!

Photos taken by Andrew (apart from the brownies)

Friday, 17 April 2015

BEAUTY: Nailberry 50 Shades Grey Nail Polish

Its been a while since I did a nail post - I just haven't had time to even paint my nails lately but hopefully I will get back into the habit as I hate having bare nails. But as much as I hate having bare nails, having messy nails is so much worse - jagged cuticle lines drive me crazy.

Nailberry is a new brand for me but I love this colour and alot of the others that I've seen online. This one is called 50 shades and it is a really lovely grey. I have a huge collection although this is still quite different to any other colours I have. Its a deep grey with a pretty shimmer. They are quite pricey at around £13 but the bottle seems much bigger than usual and after reading up a bit on the site, I discovered that its free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and Camphor. It is also cruelty free so that's really great.

The polish itself it a bit thin and drips off of the brush onto everything but it goes on well and dries so shiny - no top coat needed! I would love to try a few more colours from this brand after seeing a photo of their new SS15 white pastels collection launching!

Have You Used Nailberry Before?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

FASHION: Superdry T-shirt From Loofes

Loofes Clothing recently got in touch and asked if I'd like to do a feature with them on my blog. They stock a whole range of great brands from Converse to Ted Baker in both mens and womenswear so I thought it'd make a change to pick something for Andrew this time - he always moans about taking my photos so it was nice to treat him to a new top and he can pose while I take the photos haha he wasn't very happy about having to be photographed but he loves a Superdry Tee so he agreed.

With Andrew, most of the time it's pretty easy - when it comes to t-shirts, it's either Hollister or Superdry and usually when it's Superdry, he likes it as bright as he can so I picked out this one with its bright orange and yellow logo. Good choice I'd say. 

Big Thanks to Loofes for letting me treat Andrew this time!

Monday, 13 April 2015

FASHION: What To Wear For Work

Dressing for work is much harder that I originally imagined. As I'm sure you might have heard (I've mentioned it enought times) I now have a job woo. I'm based in Tottenham Court Road with is such a great location to work. Theres always loads going on, people giving away free stuff in the street most days and Oxford circus is literally 2 minutes away - the only issue is that Tottenham Court Road station is currently closed. Luckily this is only going to be an issue until December but in the meantime, it means that I have to get off early and walk.

It's hardly an issue, I actually quite enjoy it - so much so that I usually power walk so I can get that tiny little bit of extra exerciser in. I soon started to understand why so many people get on the tube in the morning with trainers on.

Now, here was my issue. I really couldn't be bothered to carry around an extra pair of shoes all day to change into for traveling but I didn't want to look like stupid wearing sports trainers for work. I needed practicality that looked good too. Then I came across this Nike style and all my problems were solved. That are actually made as running shoes - the are super lightweight and cushioned but they look good too. I could actually get away as saying that I wore them just from a fashion point of view.

Here I have styled them with a super black outfit although the crop top still gives it that summery feel, I like it for its scalloped edges and the fact that it isn't a super short one. A flick of eyeliner and my black jeans are every day essentials, rain or shine and there's an typical work look!
Top* - BlueInc
Jeans -Primark
Nike Roshe Runs* - Foot Locker
Eyeliner - Barry M, Blink

Guest Contributor Lisa Cheung: Why Bingo Is Great For An Entertaining Night In

Image source: CarbonNYC [in SF!] 

If you’re looking to save money, it’s a good idea to cut back on the nights out that you have. But that doesn’t always seem too much fun, so if you’re going to be spending more time at home, it’s good to have an alternative to watching the TV night after night.

That’s where a game such as online bingo can come in really handy. As you might have noticed from all the TV ads for bingo sites recently, online bingo has rocketed in popularity in recent years, with all kinds of sites offering amazing cash prizes to be won. And because of that competition between sites, there are plenty of incentives for new players to sign up with the different sites, such as 32red Bingo and Cheeky Bingo. For example, if you want to play now at 32red, there’s a £10 bonus for just signing up, and then if you make a deposit, there’s an extra £32 added to your account for every £10 that you put in. So, for just a tenner, you could have £42 to play with, which goes a long way when bingo games only cost pennies at a time to play.
Image source: Play Among Friends 

So, why do people like playing online bingo so much? Firstly, it’s the simplicity of the game that many people love. You don’t have to put your thinking cap on to play online bingo. The software marks the numbers that match the calls for you, so you can just choose which game and how many cards you’re going to play, and then sit back and watch what happens. Secondly, there’s the unknown quantity – not knowing where the next win will come. You could play bingo all night and not win a bean, or you could win the jackpot on your first ever game. It’s that element of chance that entices so many people to play bingo.

Another reason why bingo is a really popular online choice is that it has a big social side to it. While the games are going on, you can enter the bingo chat room and strike up conversations with whoever else is in the chat room. If you want to spend time with your friends without actually going out, you could always get them to join the same bingo site as you and arrange when you’re going to go online. Better still, get a few of the girls round for a night in to have a few glasses of wine and all play bingo together. All they need to bring with them is a tablet or mobile so that they can all login to the same site as you. With Macmillan’s Night In coming up next month, you could even combine your bingo evening with doing some fundraising for the cancer charity.

Bingo sites tend to be busy places in the evening – and it’s often when there are big prizes up for grabs. That means as well as having lots of people to chat to, you may just strike it lucky and end up improving the state of your finances with a fun and easy game! A win’s never guaranteed, but you’ll have fun trying anyway.

Friday, 10 April 2015

GIVEAWAY: Sunglasses From Discounted Sunglasses

 Last year, my favourite sunglasses broke. They had thick, black frames and round lenses and I was so sad when they fell apart in my hand at a BBQ. I kind of forgot all about sunglasses for a while until it started getting sunny recently. I was starting to look for a new pair a few weeks back when Discounted Sunglasses offered me a new pair, I went for something similar to the ones from last year, except this time they are Armani so hopefully they should last a bit longer.
Discounted Sunglasses have provided me with a £50 voucher for one of my readers! All you have to do is enter through the rafflecoptor below.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

LIFESTYLE: Hot Cross Teacakes From Costa

So it's Wednesday morning, the long Easter weekend is a distant memory and I am craving a hot cross bun (I still have some Easter egg left in my desk which I am eating slowly - I had to ge porridge from Pret instead, it's my new fave) Every year, I forget all about Hot Cross Buns until Easter time and then I get really excited when I remember how much I love them! They are a totally new concept to me really, I never ate them growing up but thanks to the huge social media hype every year, I decided to try one a few years back and I have loved them ever since. 

Usually, I like to have them for breakfast or as an evening snack in front of the TV, but I hardly have any time for TV now so this year, I have been feeding my craving with these giant hot cross tea cakes from Costa. They are super sized, super soft and so good once they have been toasted. I love to over smother mine with butter because it's the only time I ever really eat anything bready that I can put butter on, plus it is Easter after all. (That works the same as Christmas right?)
hot cross bun
costa coffee
hype tee

What Do You Love About Easter?

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